Paul has nearly three decades of experience consulting for leading healthcare, education, and behavioral healthcare entities nationwide. As an executive advisor, CEO, and expert in education & behavioral health, he has spent the past decade running his own consulting practice, focusing primarily on turning around and guiding entities in the behavioral health space. Paul enjoys building teams and companies, improving revenue cycle management, customer service workflows and infrastructure, marketing & PR, and is passionate about creating socially impactful entities.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Paul worked for a research firm evaluating educational and mental health programs. He then earned his master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied social sector administration. Paul has also worked for Harvard University, Elements Behavioral Health (startup phase 2009), Aspen Education Group, and The Right Step. Paul is a thought leader and frequent keynote speaker in the field. Although he has accomplished a great deal professionally, he cites his proudest achievement is being a dad to six children – four of his own and two step kids – now all in high school and college.
Dustin oversees operations for all Paradigm Treatment locations, including day-to-day programming, treatment content and quality, growth management and strategy, and team support to all therapeutic and operational staff. Having previously worked at Paradigm in the roles of Therapist and Program Director, Dustin is also a skilled clinician with an emphasis on family systems who continues to provide direct support both to Paradigm families and youth. Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Dustin served as Program Manager at Arizona Child and Family Support Services in Flagstaff, an agency providing community-based wraparound services for youth and family treatment. At CFSS, Dustin also built, facilitated and oversaw an Intensive Outpatient Program. He also served as an individual and group therapist for Northern Arizona Substance Abuse Services working with the Drug Court; as a therapist for youth in juvenile detention; and as a wilderness therapist for a program that worked throughout Northern Arizona.
Dustin holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Northern Arizona University and has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings. He is also certified in EMDR and Parent Effectiveness Training. Dustin’s motivation as both a therapist and a manager exemplify his deep desire to provide the insightful support and guidance that youth need to make the changes that will profoundly improve their well-being, relationships, and their futures.
Dr. Galles completed her psychiatry residency at UC San Diego after attending medical school at the University of Iowa. She also earned her BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Galles has served as Resident Psychiatrist at UCSD in inpatient and outpatient settings and with a particular focus on college mental health. She has also worked as an outpatient psychiatrist at the Family Health Center of San Diego.
Dr. Galles believes that taking care of our mental health requires that we address our overall health and well-being, including eating habits, exercise, cultivating healthy relationships, and finding meaning in our day to day life. She has a particular interest in college student mental health and helping young adults build a healthy foundation to succeed in achieving their goals.
In her free time, Dr. Galles enjoys surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and anything else outdoors.
Lucy helms all clinical treatment directives, programs, and services across Paradigm Treatment’s southwestern territory, and provides ongoing clinical group supervision specifically to our Southern California staff. Lucy also worked extensively with young adults in a private practice setting. She also treated children and teens with emotional and behavioral needs at multiple school sites as a therapist. Lucy has comprehensive experience as a behavior interventionist working with teens with developmental disorders, and as a therapist at an intensive outpatient program for mental health and substance dependency. Additionally, Lucy has a background that includes working at a residential facility that uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treat borderline personality disorder.
Lucy is passionate about helping her clients discover their own strengths and use their unique qualities to create a more fulfilled life. She integrates the practical components of various cognitive-behavioral approaches with the gentle practice of mindfulness, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. Lucy received her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health at California State University, Fullerton. She also received an Excellence in Research Award studying parent-adolescent relationships when she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
Tracy Bangar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University with her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration of Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Education and Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Paradigm, Tracy worked in residential treatment with youth from struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction-related issues. She is certified in different Evidence-Based Practices of Trauma-Focused CBT and Seeking Safety, as well as Trauma-Informed Care. Tracy integrates multiple therapeutic modalities into treatment and is passionate about finding what works best for each teen. She takes the approach that every child and adolescent possesses strengths and positive qualities that when incorporated into treatment better foster growth and the ability to overcome the challenges.
Liesl Heuer holds a Master’s of Social Work Degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Prior to joining Paradigm, she worked with probation and foster youth in San Bernardino County, where she conducted individual, family, and group therapy sessions, along with crisis management. Liesl has experience working with children of all different ages and backgrounds, and is trained in many Evidence-Based Practices (CBT, SBIRT, TF-CBT) as well as being certified in Seeking Safety. Liesl is an adoptee from Seoul, South Korea, and is passionate about working with children and adolescents to help them overcome challenges and strengthen their identities by embracing their own strengths.
Philip Wilke received his Masters’s degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State Northridge. Before joining the Paradigm team, Philip worked in a counseling center working with issues related to depression, anxiety, and grief. He also worked in a program serving teens struggling with relationship with behavioral issues. Philip works from a Narrative therapeutic modality that emphasizes the strengths of an individual. He is an adoptee from South Korea and is passionate about working with adolescents that struggle with adoption-related issues.
Jonathan Sanchez has nearly a decade of experience with educating teens. He possesses a Master of Arts in Education and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in gender studies alongside a focused minor in Kinesiology. Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Jonathan served in Southeast Asia as a high school English Literature and Mathematics Instructor. He also taught foreign exchange students at an International Language school in Santa Monica. Jonathan specializes in promoting critical/cognitive thinking and believes that conceptual understanding is demonstrated through the creation of imaginative, interpretive and analytical responses designed to develop students facility with varying types of mediums and modes to foster an appreciation of the value of lifelong learning. His goal for youth at Paradigm is to make sure that they stay current and when possible get ahead in their studies so that they have one less stressor when they are reintegrating.
Matthew Siegel is a graduate of Hampshire College with a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. In addition to being a widely published writer, he has taught rhetoric at the University of Iowa, and English at Santa Rosa Junior College, Harvard-Westlake School, and New Roads School. Matt has volunteered extensively with high-risk teens and has a passion for rekindling educational interest, growth, and achievement in youth who are working through adolescent anxiety and depression. His comfort and interest in residential programs stem from his educational experiences at a college preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts. In his free time, Matt hikes with his dog and explores the many cultural offerings of Los Angeles.
Siana specializes in experiential therapy, emotional intelligence, and personal development. She Is a trail blazer in the realm of youth development and focuses on assisting our youth with staying on track with their treatment goals. Siana has worked with the youth for over a decade leading and facilitating personal development groups and workshops. Some of the initiatives she’s developed are our “LifeSkills Group” to support our alumni in integrating what they’ve learned in our residential program post treatment, and “SHIFT” our diversity & inclusion program that encourages cultural competency in the field of mental health while providing resources for our staff, clients, and the community. Siana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from HBCU-Virginia State University and is a graduate of MITT-Mastery in Transformational Training. She dedicates her life to impacting as many lives as she can by being of service, encouraging transformation, and inspiring breakthroughs.
Guy oversees the Financing and Accounting division, including vendor relations, daily correspondence, monthly and quarterly financial reporting across multiple categories.
Guy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Sciences from the University of South Africa, with an emphasis on Accounting and Audit. He has over 20 years of experience working in various industries as an accountant, including 9 years with CBS Television and 5 years at Twentieth Century Fox. Guy has a passion for numbers and the overall viability of the organization. Guy has traveled the world and his other interests include running, golf, and art.
Miri manages the development, implementation, and execution of Paradigm’s forward-facing strategy and efforts in marketing and outreach. She is also responsible for ensuring consistent messaging across all categories of the business and affiliate relations, including partnerships and multi-platform initiatives.
Miri has over 15 years of professional experience in marketing, strategic brand development, turn-key content creation, broadcast hosting, writing, public relations, and workflow management. She also worked as a therapist trainee at the Southern California Counseling Center, serving a diverse client population with a variety of mental health needs. Miri holds a Masters of Applied Psychology degree from Antioch University Los Angeles and completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a writer and communications specialist, Miri has long believed that storytelling is a way in which to discover ourselves and find meaning in our lives. Her dynamic experience in marketing and mental health bridges her drive to connect with others through the stories we tell, while effectively helping those in need.
Born and raised in Ventura County, Marcelina is a seasoned admissions expert with nearly a decade of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. She also worked in the addiction field as a Registered Addiction Specialist Intern and has extensive knowledge of substance use issues, eating disorders and working with co-occurring mental health problems. As a parent herself and someone in recovery, Marcelina knows firsthand the experience of making the call to ask for help, and as such she brings an incredible amount of empathy, compassion and understanding to her work. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her children aged 14 and 4. Marcelina also loves Disneyland, hiking, and going to the beach.